Dark circles are caused by many things—genetics, age, diet, and of course, fatigue. Many a sleep-deprived mom has glanced into the mirror and was shocked at sight of their haggard appearance. Getting enough shuteye is the first thing you should do to get rid of dark circles, though if you can’t manage that, you can turn to these home remedies to soothe and lighten your raccoon eyes.
Note: Be careful not to get these ingredients in your eyes. If your skin feels irritated after trying these home remedies, discontinue use immediately.
Placing cucumbers on your eye area is not only soothing, the vegetable also lightens skin and is also a mild natural astringent that can help rid of your dark circles. Chill cucumber slices in the fridge for half an hour, then leave them on your eye area for around 10 minutes. Afterwards, rinse the area with water. Do this two times a day.
Potatoes boast natural skin-lightening properties, which make them perfect for addressing dark circles. Like the cucumber, you can use thick potato slices, but you can also use potato juice. Grate raw potatoes to extract juice, then soak a cotton ball in the juice and place over your closed eyes. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Do this one to two times a day.
Click to the next page to find out about other home remedies for dark circles.
3. Coconut oil
Not only does coconut oil lighten dark circles, it also moisturizes, smoothening skin and preventing wrinkles and fine lines. Dip your fingers in some extra virgin coconut oil and gently massage into your under-eye area. Leave for an hour before washing off. Repeat twice daily.
Tea has caffeine and antioxidants that help get rid of puffiness and darkness. Chill used green or black teabags in the fridge for half an hour. Then, place the teabags over each eye and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this once or twice every day until you are satisfied.
5. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a mild astringent that has natural bleaching properties. Take a cotton ball and soak it in fresh lemon juice. Carefully apply it around your eyes and leave it on for around 10 minutes before rinsing off. Do this once a day.
READ: How to Apply Concealer
Be sure to check out theAsianparent Community for more insightful stories, questions, and answers from parents and experts alike. If you have any insights, questions or comments regarding the topic, please share them in our Comment box below. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Google+ to stay up-to-date on the latest from theAsianparent.com Philippines!